From today until the end of the Major League Baseball season, Saturday is for looking at the various streaks and trends across the MLB, as well as those fantasy baseball players with rising or falling stock. Who should be your priority waiver wire pickups? Who deserves some of your precious FAAB? Are there any potential fantasy baseball buy low trade candidates? As always, we’ll start by talking about some fantasy baseball risers and fallers, highlighted by Zack Gelof and Royce Lewis of the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins respectively. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Angels are struggling, and Lucas Giolito looks to be a bust of a deal for the Angels at the MLB Trade Deadline. Let’s take a look at some of the notable hit streaks and current trends across Major League Baseball, as well as fantasy baseball risers and fallers.

1Luis Arraez.3611Ronald Acuna Jr..4201Shohei Ohtani.668
2Freddie Freeman.3342Freddie Freeman.4132Matt Olson.608
T2Ronald Acuna Jr..3343Shohei Ohtani.4073Mookie Betts.586
4Cody Bellinger.3234Luis Arraez.4054Freddie Freeman.578
5Yandy Diaz.3225Juan Soto.4035Ronald Acuna Jr..569
xBAxwOBAHard Hit%
1Ronald Acuna Jr..3501Aaron Judge.4791Aaron Judge63.9%
2Corey Seager.3352Ronald Acuna Jr..4532Matt Olson58.0%
3Freddie Freeman.3213Corey Seager.445T2Matt Chapman58.0%
T3Bo Bichette.3214Shohei Ohtani.4304Juan Soto57.3%
5Luis Arraez.3185Yordan Alvarez.4245Corey Seager56.7%
Hit Streaks
15Marcell Ozuna541018211815.333/.419/.556
10Brandon Nimmo395173475.436/.522/.718
10DJ LeMahieu352130247.371/.436/.429
9Jake Burger365151918.417/.447/.639
9Thomas Pham357112927.314/.342/.571
7Wander Franco297153733.517/.562/.897
7Mookie Betts256131535.520/.586/.720
7Stone Garrett2571321135.520/.533/.960
7James McCann206100836.500/.542/.700
7Jarred Kelenic24380615.333/.360/.458

Fantasy Baseball Risers

Zack Gelof, Oakland Athletics

As Matt Selz mentioned in his Prospect Report this week, Gelof is the first player in the modern era to have at least eight homers and six steals in their first 25 games in the majors. He’s now up to eight homers and seven stolen bases in 29 games, and when you look at his offensive profiles, it’s very consistent with what we’ve seen from him in the minors. Sure, he’s outperforming his expected statistics by a large margin, but he’s made a lot of hard, solid contact. I do have some concerns as more tape gets out there on him, because when you look at his 17.4% SwStr%, 71.8% Z-Contact%, and 64.9% Contact%, those numbers aren’t exactly the most encouraging. If Gelof had enough at-bats to qualify, here’s where he would rank in those categories:



League Rank (amongst qualified hitters)






League Worst



League Worst

This isn’t to say that he can’t have success, but all I’m saying is I have some concerns. However, right now, things are going well for him, and it’s hard to ignore his production thus far in his young career. The fact that he’s owned in under 20 percent of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues is crazy!

Royce Lewis, Minnesota Twins

After a late start to the season for Lewis due to rehabbing his knee, he played for about a month with the Twins before heading to the injured list with an oblique issue. If there were any concerns left, I think we can throw those out the window. Aside from hitting .455 in his three games back, and aside from roping two doubles, he’s hit third, fourth, and second in these games, so fantasy managers have to love that he got back in the mix and immediately hits in the top part of the order. Furthermore, he even stole a base in his second game back, so maybe we get to see some of the wheels and stolen base production we saw from Lewis during his time in the minors. Depending on your league site, he may have eligibility at third base and shortstop, which is just icing on the cake!

Honorable Mention: Masyn Winn, Nolan Schanuel, Kyle Finnegan, Matt Brash, Adbert Alzolay, Yusei Kikuchi


Fantasy Baseball Fallers

Mickey Moniak, Los Angeles Angels

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we had to see this coming, right? Despite having some previous prospect pedigree, he was a career .157 hitter in the majors prior to 2023, but then comes out and slashes .313/.346/.567, despite a 31.8 percent strikeout rate, through the month of July. Oh, look at that .423 BABIP during that span! Moniak crushed righties and can’t hit lefties whatsoever. Now, in the month of August, check out that .214 BABIP, .127 average, and 46.4 percent strikeout rate. YIKES!

Regression was going to hit Moniak at some point, and it appears that that time is now. They’ve hit him leadoff a couple of times the last few games, but I don’t envision that occurring much moving forward, especially with him having just one hit, and 13 strikeouts, over his last 29 at-bats.

Lucas Giolito, Los Angeles Angels

Hey, a second Angel makes the list! Let’s not bury the lede here. Giolito has been putrid with the Angels.








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The Angels have increased the usage on his 4-seamer a bit, which hasn’t been productive in August (.409 BAA, .307 xBA), while dropping the usage on his changeup and curveball a bit. Interestingly enough, his changeup has been one of his better pitches this season, resulting in a 33.1 percent whiff rate. As a member of the Angels, starts against the Blue Jays, Braves, Rangers, and Giants aren’t exactly the easiest of matchups, and home runs have been a problem of late (and this season), but fantasy managers that were hoping that a change of scenery and potential playoff run would revitalize Giolito have to be pretty underwhelmed.

Honorable Mention: Shane McClanahan (IL), Wander Franco, Jack Suwinski, Tony Gonsolin, Alex Cobb, Carlos Estevez

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